How iPhone, Apple, And iOS Almost Never Happened: Steve Jobs’ Quest For Enlightenment Vs. His Ambition

iPhone, Apple, and iOS could have been no more than so much gibberish had Steve Jobs followed the other half of his heart and stayed in India, devoting his life to spiritual enlightenment. In 1974, like so many of his contemporaries, Steve Jobs went to India to explore his spirituality. At the time Apple was no more than a seed in his mind, and iPhone would have sounded like science fiction.

Steve Jobs, Apple founder, seriously considered staying in India, and becoming a type of monk called a Sadhu. According to the book Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart Into a Visionary Leader which was quoted on Lion’s War, Steve Jobs was very spiritually intense, but he was also intense in other ways.

“Most Indian sadhus live a monk-like existence of deprivation as a way of focusing solely on the spiritual. But Steve was obviously too hungry, too driven, and too ambitious for that kind of life.”

Although Apple founder Steve Jobs returned to the United States, he retained his spiritual nature. He eventually turned to Buddhism, but his time in India retained its meaning throughout his life. Even at his memorial service, Job’s favorite book Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, a book he first read in India, was given to all attendees.

iPhone, Apple, and iOS happened instead of his life of spiritual devotion — or was Apple a product of his spiritual nature? Did Jobs use his spiritual intuition and his understanding of spiritual things to create one of the most ingenious technology companies in the world? Was it part of his intuitive iOS?

“His interests migrated toward Buddhism, which allows for more engagement with the world than is permitted ascetic Hindus. It would enable him to blend a search for personal enlightenment with his ambition to create a company that delivered world-changing products. This appealed to a young man busy trying to invent himself, and it would continue to appeal to a man of infinite intellectual restlessness.”

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India Temples [Image via Shutterstock]
Steven Jobs read Autobiography of a Yogi many times throughout his life. It is a book describing the miraculous life of holy people of all faiths. There was a Catholic woman who manifested the Stigmata and no longer needed to eat food in order to live. Yogananda describes a number of people he knew who could defy gravity, nature, their own appetites, and even death, to a miraculous degree. The book transcends any singular religion. It is about the universal principles of spirituality.

In Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, there was the appearance of Yogananda’s ascended master, long dead, whom he embraced. Yogananda describes deaths of yogis who became ascended masters. These masters went about in their rainbow bodies, to be seen, touched and even smelled. Then they could just vanish at will.

iPhone, Apple, and iOS or a miraculous life? Maybe it wasn’t so much an either or, as an and also. Jobs lived an amazing life of boundless innovation and creativity. Maybe his iOS innovation, the corporate success of Apple, and the very ambitious drive that tempted him away from India worked because Jobs was able to use all his resources, mental and spiritual.

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Steve Jobs [Image by Anton Ivanov/Shutterstock]
Steve Jobs gave so much to society through Apple. iPhone, iOS, and everything else Apple gave the world effectively altered reality. The founder of Apple contributed far more than his share in making the 21st century far better than it would have been otherwise. Most people think of Steve as an analytical individual with an amazing intellect. The Apple iOS creator was, but few consider his powerful spiritual nature. How much of iOS technology and Apple’s great success was a product of his belief in the miraculous, and Steve’s ability to manifest anything he could conceive of?


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The iPhone, Apple, and iOS are here because Jobs had the intellect to conceive them, the spirituality to drag them through the very cracks in reality. Then his ability to believe in the face of every adversity gave him the audacity to know it could be done. Because of the other half of his nature, Steve had the ambition to make it all work.

Steve Jobs founded Apple when he discovered that spirituality isn’t something that has to be practiced in isolation, and apart from work, acquisition, and success. It served as a tool to be used to perpetuate what is beneficial. Think of the miraculous, when using an iPhone, or anything using iOS.

Do iPhone, Apple, and iOS all exist because Steve Jobs was able to find a balance of spirituality, intellect, and ambition?

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